Barron 3.3

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  1. anthology
    N. book of literary selections by various authors. This anthology of science fiction was compiled by the late Isaac Asimov. anthologize,V.
  2. anthropocentric
    ADJ. regarding human beings as the center of the universe. Without considering any evidence that might challenge his anthropocentric viewpoint, Hector categorically maintained that dolphins could not be as intelligent as men. anthropocentrism, N.
  3. anthropoid
    ADJ. manlike. The gorilla is the strongest of the anthropoid animals. also N.
  4. anthropologist
    N. a student of the history and science of mankind. Anthropologists have discovered several relics of prehistoric man in this area.
  5. anthropomorphic
    ADJ. having human form or characteristics. Primitive religions often have deities with anthropomorphic characteristics. anthropomorphism, N.
  6. anticlimax
    N. letdown in thought or emotion. After the fine performance in the first act, the rest of the play was an anticlimax. anticlimactic,ADJ.
  7. antidote
    N. medicine to counteract a poison or disease. When Marge's child accidentally swallowed some cleaning fluid, the local poison control hotline instructed Marge how to administer the antidote.
  8. antipathy
    N. aversion; dislike. Tom's extreme antipathy for disputes keeps him from getting into arguments with his temperamental wife. Noise in any form is antipathetic to him. Among his other antipathies are honking cars, boom boxes, and heavy metal rock.
  9. antiquated
    ADJ. old-fashioned; obsolete. Philip had grown so accustomed to editing his papers on word processors that he thought typewriters were too antiquated for him to use.
  10. antiseptic
    N. substance that prevents infection. It is advisable to apply an antiseptic to any wound, no matter how slight or insignificant. alsoADJ.
  11. antithesis
    N. contrast; direct opposite of or to. This tyranny was the antithesis of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
  12. apathy
    N. lack of caring; indifference. A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote. apathetic,ADJ.
  13. ape
    V. imitate or mimic. He was suspended for a week because he had aped the principal in front of the whole school.
  14. aperture
    N. opening; hole. She discovered a small aperture in the wall, through which the insects had entered the room.
  15. apex
    N. tip; summit; climax. He was at the apex of his career: he had climbed to the top of the heap.
  16. aphasia
    N. loss of speech due to injury or illness. After the automobile accident, the victim had periods of aphasia when he could not speak at all or could only mumble incoherently.
  17. aphorism
    N. pithy maxim. An aphorism differs from an adage in that it is more philosophical or scientific. "The proper study of mankind is man" is an aphorism. "There's no smoke without a fire" is an adage. aphoristic,ADJ.
  18. apiary
    N. a place where bees are kept. Although he spent many hours daily in the apiary, he was very seldom stung by a bee.
  19. aplomb
    N. poise; assurance. Gwen's aplomb in handling potentially embarrassing moments was legendary around the office; when one of her clients broke a piece of her best crystal, she coolly picked up her own goblet and hurled it into the fireplace.
  20. apocalyptic
    ADJ. prophetic; pertaining to revelations. The crowd jeered at the street preacher's apocalyptic predictions of doom. The Apocalypse or Book of Revelations of Saint John prophesies the end of the world as we know it and foretells marvels and prodigies that signal the coming doom.
  21. apocryphal
    ADJ. untrue; made up. To impress his friends, Tom invented apocryphal tales of his adventures in the big city.
  22. apogee
    N. highest point. When the moon in its orbit is farthest away from the earth, it is at its apogee.
  23. apolitical
    ADJ. having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs. It was hard to remain apolitical during the Vietnam War; even people who generally ignored public issues felt they had to take political stands.
  24. apologist
    N. one who writes in defense of a cause or institution. Rather than act as an apologist for the current regime in Beijing and defend its brutal actions, the young diplomat decided to defect to the West.
  25. apostate
    N. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs. Because he switched from one party to another, his former friends shunned him as an apostate. apostasy, N.
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Barron 3.3
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